It’s nearly Christmas, so when you’re writing out your letter to Santa, this new Hitchcock box set should be right at the top. Of these 14 movies – including many of Hitchcock’s greatest movies – only Psycho has ever been out on Blu-ray before, so it really is a festival of first-time-in-HD movie goodness – although admittedly, with an RRP of £100 for the basic set and £150 for the Collector’s Edition, it doesn’t come cheap (that’s why you need Santa’s help).
The box includes Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Marnie, Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, The Trouble with Harry, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy and Family Plot, which as I’m sure you’ll agree, is a pretty awesome selection. Although the likes of Torn Curtain and Family Plot may not be Hitchcock’s best, they’re still far better than what the vast majority of directors have ever produced. Indeed Hitchcock is that rare beast where you can pretty much guarantee that even if you don’t think a particular movie is a masterpiece, you’ll be entertained and certainly won’t think you’ve wasted your time. [Read more…]